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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/16a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/16a)
I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/16a)
NICKI MAKES A
MIDWEEK MOVE
Queen gets some special sauce. (8/16a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: WORLD BANK
A Travis takeover (8/16a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/16a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/16a)
I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/16a)
NICKI MAKES A
MIDWEEK MOVE
Queen gets some special sauce. (8/16a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: WORLD BANK
A Travis takeover (8/16a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
RUMOR MILL
arethastar
8/16/18

The Queen of Soul has died, and the music community (and the wider world) is mourning her loss and celebrating the gift of her life and work.


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4-arethafranklinfamous1st
8/16/18

Aretha Franklin, the gospel singer trained in her father’s church who came to define American soul music and held court as one of pop music’s greatest vocalists, has died. She was 76.


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Lucian
8/16/18

On the occasion of his receiving the 2018 Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at The Songwriters Hall of Fame, UMG topper Sir Lucian Grainge offers some thoughts about the songwriter's gift, the power of songs and the qualities required to write something that endures.


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NICKIGIF
8/16/18

This week's tight chart battle for #1 between Nicki Minaj's Queen and Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is another skirmish in the longstanding competitive rivalry between Republic boss Monte Lipman and Epic prexy Sylvia Rhone. Earlier in the week the odds seemed very much in Scott's favor...


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Webp.net-gifmaker (15)
8/16/18

Jimmy Iovine, Troy Carter, Oliver Schusser, Nick Holmstén, Ron Perry and Eric Wong are among the industry personages whose moves are the subject of the latest dispatch from our inside man...


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cash
8/16/18

Travis Scott dominates this week's Song Revenue Chart, with eight of the Top 10 songs and all 17 tracks from his ASTROWORLD (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) in the Top 30. Those tracks together earned in excess of $2.6m. "FEFE," the 6ix9inine track featuring Scott's chart rival, Nicki Minaj, lands at #4 and earns a tidy $215k.


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Webp.net-gifmaker (32)
8/16/18

With fresh D2C offers appearing today on his web site, we’re giving Travis Scott the edge in a tight race with Nicki Minaj for #1.


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MMA
8/16/18

Sax player/singer Mindi Abair and writer/producer Harvey Mason Jr. have been appointed co-chairs of the Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee, whose immediate focus is ensuring that the Senate passes the Music Modernization Act. The Committee is also focused on...


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dan shay
8/16/18

During the #1 party for "Tequila" by Warner Music Nashville duo Dan + Shay, the following people imbibed enough of the titular beverage to strike up a conversation with a potted cactus...


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Simon Jones
8/16/18

AEG Presents has named Simon Jones to the newly created post of SVP Live Music International. Jones—who has been with AEG since the construction and launch of the O2 Arena—will head up the promotional operations for AEG Presents U.K., while also working closely with the AEG offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


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Ted
8/16/18

Visit iGen for an update on the Alternative radio world from our own Ted Volk, including the Go Fund Me campaign for PD Sean Demery, who suffered a devastating brain-stem stroke and whose family needs help with his medical expenses. Also in the latest round of dispatches...


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Greta Curtain video frame
8/16/18

Otherworldly humanoids share the Zabriskie Point-like desert landscape with the lads of Greta Van Fleet in the just-released video for “When the Curtain Falls,” the lead single from the band’s upcoming first full-length (Lava/Republic). Continuing the desert theme, the throwback rockers’ upcoming tour hits the iHeartRadio Festival on 9/22.


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nba2k
8/16/18

King James and Scott announced in a video that the ASTROWORLD creator will curate the upcoming NBA 2K19 video game soundtrack.


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McCartney Fuh You
8/15/18

Paul McCartney’s “Fuh You,” the third track to be made available single from his Egypt Station (Capitol, 9/7), arrives in advance of next Monday’s airing of the hourlong primetime special Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool (CBS, 8pm ET/PT).


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Webp.net-gifmaker (5)
8/15/18

The industry folk showcased here haven't appeared often in our publication–and after this mortifying experience, they probably hope they never will again.


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andre
8/15/18

Amazon Music has tapped Sony Music veteran Andre Stapleton as Head of U.S. Label Relations. In the New York-based post, Stapleton will report to Director of Amazon Music Ryan Redington. Alexa, call up his resume...


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travisworld
8/15/18

Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) not only achieved the second-biggest debut of the year so far, but has broken the first-week streaming record for any Sony release to date, garnering nearly 350m streams worldwide.


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heath and dom
8/15/18

Artist Dominic Fike, who—as we reported earlier, recently inked with Sony via Tha Lights Global and is rumored to be going through Columbia—is seen here in a celebratory moment with attorney Heath Kudler. “At this crucial juncture in your career, I have one important piece of advice,” Kudler said. “When you’re driving a tee shot into the wind, tee the ball higher and don’t overswing. Oh, and don’t order the Tom Collins in the clubhouse—they water it down like a motherfucker.”


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FastLaneEntry
8/15/18

T-Mobile, which bills itself as the “Un-carrier,” has entered into partnerships with a pair of musical entities. In the first hook-up, T-Mobile customers get exclusive access to a free, yearlong Pandora Plus subscription. In the second, T-Mobile customers gain “rock star status” at Live Nation venues thanks to a new, exclusive multi-year partnership with the touring colossus.


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lelepons
8/15/18

The social media superstar's deal is a partnership between 10:22 pm, UMG's imprint run by Celine Joshua, and Shots Studios.


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Greta Van Fleet, "When the Curtain Falls"
The Republic rockers show their mystical side in the clip for this barnburner, but where their musical alchemy comes from is no mystery.
The chart battle between @NICKIMINAJ & @trvisXX is heating up bigtime, as #FEFE is stripped onto her album...… https://t.co/9P7H1v8UkZ
Birthday #donuts, followed by a spate of self-loathing. https://t.co/SEuabFizch
You gonna finish that? #StupidQuestionsForZombies
Have a seat. https://t.co/KeMA0ZsuVp
Last night at @Flora_Cash https://t.co/zvbhJqWJ4i @sassantha @davidbason @ShpresaLleshaj @RCARecords @TeragramLA… https://t.co/a4nmxQfV4M
Thoughts on @NICKIMINAJ's #Queen from our own @MichelleSFresh https://t.co/umzoVc5ZM4 @YoungMoneySite… https://t.co/nS4yM0dBVs
Final numbers on the second-biggest debut of the year, and more. https://t.co/J1ccK1D4nm @trvisXX @drake… https://t.co/x17yorv6Ik
We have a bet going in the office. What do YOU think #FEFE means?
A big change at @ColumbiaRecords https://t.co/DryuiK64Er